Arsenal and Man City eye a move for £25m Burnley star

Arsenal and Manchester City are eyeing a £25m move for Burnley centre back James Tarkowski.

The English centre back has impressed for the clarets following the departure of Michael Keane to Everton last summer, and has formed a formidable partnership with Ben Mee at the back.

The Clarets currently sit in sixth place, impressively above last seasons second place finishers Tottenham. Their success has been based on their solid defence, with Burnley having only scored 16 goals in the league this season, the joint fourth worse attacking side in the division. However, the 12 goals they have conceeded makes them the joint best defence alongside Man City and Man Utd, which is in no small part down to Tarkowski.

According to The Times, both Arsenal and Man City have identified the defender as a potential transfer target as both sides look to strengthen their defence. The two Premier League giants have both been linked with having an interest in West Brom and Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans.

Arsenal almost seem to constantly have a dodgy defence, no matter who plays there, while Man City have concerns over Vincent Kompany’s long term fitness, while Eliaquim Mangala is not fancied.

It is thought that Arsenal or City could make a £25m move for the Burnley defender in January or indeed next summer.

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